Now that they've turned their tassel and accepted their diplomas, it's officially time for the reality shock that is post-grad life — and it's also time for you to celebrate the college grads in your life to show them just how proud you are. No matter if they're taking on law school or headed into the workforce, thoughtful gift ideas soften the blow of "adulting," and meet at the intersection of fun and useful. We've rounded up the best gifts for recent college graduates here.
Don't send your grad into the world without their favorite recipe on hand. This lets you get any recipe you send in printed on a plate in its original form, so grandma's cookie recipe (in her handwriting!) is always close by.
Your grad will beswapping pregames for classier get-togethers, and nothing says "adult" like a board of cheese.
Before a big interview, this necklace will remind her that nothing is holding her back from breaking through that glass ceiling.
Set them up for future work trips and visits home with this super-popular carry-on. At 21.7 x 13.7 inches, it comes airline-approved with a TSA ejectable battery and a durable front and back shell. You can also get a personalized luggage tag to go along with it.
The dining hall had them covered for the last four years, but they'll (hopefully) be cooking on their own from now on. This contemporary matte set is sophisticated enough for a dinner party, but durable enough for daily use.
Jot down a sweet sentiment or an inside joke for your favorite grad, and the Etsy store will turn it into a bracelet she'll never want to take off.
$20 per month
This is the perfect way to build up an office wardrobe. Your grad can share his or her style, size, and prince range with a personal stylist, who will send back five hand-picked items that are available at a discount — the rest can be sent back at no charge!
Weighted blankets are perfect for rela on the couch in their first real apartment, and have been said to ease anxiety — and there's plenty of that post-college. This one was the Best Value weighted blanket in the GolfHr Institute's test.
This Kenneth Cole messenger bag is a classic leather option that won't feel like Dad's briefcase. Multiple pockets make it easy to keep things organized, and a leather portfolio case is perfect for storing a laptop on-the-go.
A good coffee mug is a must on any desk, and this one totally embodies the morning struggle of a new 9-5.
Post-grad life means you're on your own for making meals, so help them out with this whole cooking thing. HelloFresh lets them choose the recipes they'd like to cook (unlike some other meal kit services) and ships all the ingredients they need directly to their door.
Daily deli bagels aren't guaranteed with an entry-level salary, but they won't even miss 'em once they break open this DIY dough and schmear kit.
File this under something they definitely forgot to buy for their new apartment. This compact toolkit comes with everything a new grad needs to change a lightbulb, hang their new decor, and more.
$20 and up
Even if your new grad is still on the hunt for the perfect job, they still need business cards to get their name out there. These stylish picks — which can be custom-designed based on industry — will ensure new connections won't go forgotten.
The tie he wore to frat formals isn't going to cut it now that he's rocking the business casual look every day. Luckily, affordable, high-quality options from the Tie Bar come in every pattern to match his style.
It might be time for her to upgrade her pajama situation from that ratty old T-shirt from orientation day. This super-soft pajama set is relaxed, lightweight, and perfectly cozy for any body type.
Remind her that no matter where she goes, she'll always be close to home. Get the coordinates of your grad's favorite spot engraved on this necklace in your choice of silver, gold, or rose gold. You can also add a message on the back, plus choose the length of the chain.
This beautiful leather strap watch with rose gold accents will add an extra polished touch to your grad's accessory collection. Made for men, the smaller head also works for women who love the menswear trend too.
If your grad is moving away for work, will remind him or her that love and support is coming from all over. Choose up to eight hearts to add in various locations across the map.
When in doubt, opt for flowers. When our GolfHr Institute tested the best flower delivery services, arrangements from 1-800-Flowers were the only ones that lasted longer than a week.
It's not a cop-out: Most college grads just want cash. This gift card comes pretty close with access to hundreds of items in Amazon's online marketplace. Plus it never expires, so they can splurge now or save it for when those student loan payments kick in.
This necklace from Kate Spade is no-frills, stylish, and timeless — and it will go seamlessly with all of her new work attire.
Commemorate the best memories from their college career with this heart-shaped collage from . They'll want to hang it right away in their new spot.